This past weekend was filled with sparks and flames and the rumbling hum of the air compressor. When I begin these classes, I have everyone decide on a flower and sketch out a design. This drawing is used as a reference and a template, and it helps the participant to make decisions about their pieces in the physical form. Most people tell me that they can't draw, but it doesn't have to look award winning. It's meant to get the juices flowing and start the process. When we are told we are bad at something, as a child, it can stifle our creativity from that point on. It's mostly our beliefs about what we can and can't do that determine the outcome. If the drawing looks like a kid's drawing, great. Let's start somewhere. It's ok to be a beginner. Beginning leads to finishing, and completing things leads to starting new creative adventures. It's fun to look back on the end product of something that required your full involvement to manifest. If you take my class, I'll walk you through all of the steps, and you go home knowing a little more about metalsmithing and your true capabilities.
With sparks and grinding dust,
Join me in my studio to learn to create your own, one of a kind, steel flower for your garden, home or loved one. After designing and cutting out a template for your flower, participants will learn to use a plasma cutter, grinder/die grinder, forge and welder. I will lead you, step by step, through cutting out your pieces, smoothing the edges, and elegantly shaping your flower petals, leaves and stem then welding them together. You will be able to stamp your initials into your masterpiece so that it can live on as a snippet of your legacy. The class is scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20, and July 21 & 22. The cost is $115 for ART 321 members; $130 for non-members – plus a supply fee of $20 for each student. Your participation helps to grow and strengthen the art community in Casper, so thank you for your support and interest in the arts! To register call Art 321 at 307-265-2655 or drop into the downtown location at 321 W. Midwest Ave next to Racca's Pizzeria.
Art 321 hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 4pm.
Betsy Bower (206) 406-2041 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Art 321 Casper Artist Guild (307) 265-2655